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community meetings, and we're working with the rental car communities on embezzeled autos. moving onto the next topic, as we're starting to wined wind down here, prevention and education. chief, if you will allow me to talk about prevention and education. let me run things down for people watching. they know they have their cars broken into. number one, take all the keys away from your car. stop leaving keys in your car like a spare key hidden somewhere. we recommend you dwonet do that. utilize visible security devices like the club or a kill switch so you can't steal the car. automobile alarms and the lojack system are other fools people can use. do not leave the ownership title in a vehicle because a person
can write their name in and now they are the owner of the car by way of title. the title of the car. secure the vehicle's registration. most auto burglaries are preventable. do not leave items visible. that's the bottom line with education. if you have to store something in the trunk, put it in the trunk prior to arrival so that people don't see you putting things in the trunk. be mindful if someone breaks in your car, they could hit the truck release and they will get in. you need to maybe have a locking container that's bolted in the trunk. be aware of your surroundings. note at large public gatherings. we know that suspects specifically target those areas knowing there are a lot of cars with a lot of valuables. so we have to be careful. lock your vehicle. common sense. park in well-lit areas. of course san francisco state is a great resource. you can find them online and get information from them.
>> lieutenant, i grabbed a couple things out of evidence there, and these are shade keys. we have some shaved keys here. show and tell. you have suspects that walk around with these keys and they are able to put them in the ignitions of hondas and toyotas and cars like that and easily get in. i want all of you to see what we're talking about. oftentimes we'll see someone breaking in and we'll add a charge of being in possession of aburg -- of a burglary tool. >> hondas and toyotaas because they manufacture more of those cars than any other in the
united states. also because they will run for several hundred thousand miles. once they stick it down, they will put it in the anything in addition and start the car. that's is the two nu number one reasons why that is -- why those are the most stolen vehicles. and the big issue with breaking into the locked vehicle. 25 years ago you broke into a car, some of you probably remember what an eight-track stereo, now with the solid stereo systems, those aren't stolen anymore. they are literally breaking into the car to steal your items that you left in a car from a laptop. their not stealing anything off the car per se, it is items we neglect to lock up. >> thanks, chief. we talked about prevention. what is the police department doing with regard to enforcement?
i'm going to give you a few items we're working on together. number one, i talked about a -- our bait car operations. we have sergeant enforcement. we capture those who arrest, those who break into cars and steal them and those that break in for property. is specifically lieutenant pliers, they are our pioneers, and they train officers throughout the city on this type of enforcement. we have the auto mated license recognition system. we have 16 police cars in san francisco with cameras on top. i'm sure the public has seen these cars. these are license plates. pe actually received $1 from the
registration fee from every vehicle registered in san francisco. that goes back to enforcement. it goes back to our vehicle theft abatement program. as a matter of fact, since january 2010 to march 2011, we've had 106 targeted operations, 108 arrests, and 48 recoveries using the license plate reader vehicle and conducting enforcement operations. we also have surveillance. we saturate areas. the chief talked about redeploying resources. we're focusing on areas where there are thefts taking place. in the invent of technology, youtube and personal videos, we're tracking those things down now.
we're looking on the internet for sales of property. some people have a motorcycle stolen. it gets stripped. parts sold on the internet. at the stations, they are doing this work. the station investigators are the ones handling these cases. we are advising officers about where a crime is happening and being smarter about doing policework and giving officers great information about what's happening. we're working on a policy with our cases. sometimes a person will report a car stolen and then find it. that is not a stolen item. that is a car that's been lost and found. we have foot patrols in high vehicle burglary areas. we're now fingerprinting
vehicles. we never did this before where we had officers come to the scene and print your vehicle. we're doing that now. we have undercover training. i'll give a plug in for captain kariya. auto theft suspect. here's the list. here's the folks in the richmond district. he tells the officers, be careful for these particular individuals. they may try to break into a car. we have dispatched that broadcast. when you get your car stolen in san francisco, the dispatcher needs to put it on all channels. every officer has the opportunity to put it down on a sheet in their car, the license plate. we're looking at areas where property is fenced. we know there is a place where you get your ipod is teaken,
there is a place where many people go to fence that property. and last, we are deploying officers to those large events that i talked about -- 49ers, giants, parades, festivals. we're making sure that we are there knowing that people will be breaking in to vehicles. in summary, approximately 89 -- 8,000 cars. a 60% decline over the last 18 years. a 36% drop in all the time owe burglaries in the last four years. before i conclude, i could say there is always room for improvement. our officers are doing an outstanding job every day. i think about the case that happened in the mission on april
1 where officers baca and carter were plain clothesed in the middle of the night and responded to an auto burglary. when they get there, they witness an individual in a 2004 nissan. they go to abhend him. they identify themselves as police officers and get in a big fight, big chase with this individual. that resisting arrest p incident was so violent, one of the officers had to go to the hospital. it is an example of the work that our officers are doing every day to address this problem that many people don't even realize. last we have an average auto recovery rate. we are consistently ranked with the top five cities with a population of 250,000 or greater in recovering our vehicles. if i could see that last slide.
these are the folks i've folken with in the last few days. i have thanked all of my colleagues for providing me with information. they are experts in this area. i could not have done some nice presentation without their input. with that i'll be more than happy to take questions from you. >> thank you commander lazar. as usual your presentations are very thorough. i thought after that ingleside presentation we banned you fo from the power point. all kidding aside, you've done a great job. it answers a lot of the questions that have been there in the articles from the public about property crimes. it is a big issue. so i think the moral of the story is, the message needs to get out, as i see it, if you walk your dog early in the morning, people leave stuff early in the morning. do not leave stuff in your cars that gives people a reason to
break in. people joke about the glass on the side of the road called san francisco snow. we need to not leave things in our cars. i was a former prosecutor, but if it is late at night or early in the morning and a guy is riding a bike with a backpack and he has five teeth left in his mouth and he looks like he hasn't slept in 20 days, he's probably a car thief. people need to be able to call 911 and recognize who doesn't belong in their neighborhood. who is riding around on a bike with a backpack and no teeth. they are probably going to break into your camplet -- car. >> thank you for your presentation. i don't know if it was because of my comments last week that you did all this hard work, but i certainly didn't intend for the department to spend all this time, but i appreciate it,
because it was very thorough. and i appreciate that we're at a period of historic lows when you look over the past three or four or five years. my real question from last week, and the question i will put to you this week is, the property crimes, the auto burglary and auto theft and what's driving the increase this year in property crimes. everything else is flat or declining. yet in this one area, and i appreciate everything we are doing. from your slides it doesn't appear to be from one area. from my brief understanding there didn't appear to be rhyme or reason about where or when. do you have any ideas about why? why this area of property crime as opposed to others. why are we being more successful in others in property crime but this one spot this year is up compares to everything else? >> i have a couple ideas.
one is that we know that quite often one person can do a lot of damage, and be responsible for a lot of auto burglaries and auto tcheft. -- theft. when we capture that person, in the last two weeks, even though his numbers are high, in the last two weeks they made two significant arrests in auto burglaries involving six people. i think we're already starting to see the numbers start to switch. we're starting to see a decline in incidence. there may be a few people out that weren't out in 2010 causing some of these problems. i also think we continue to market our message and educate the public about recording these instances. i have to feel that there is some impact in that. people that may have gotten their cars broken into at one point and thought, i'm not going to cover it. maybe some of those individuals
are starting to report it knowing that we have comstat, we're paying attention to crime. we're deploying our resources. those are two main areas that can cause the numbers to do up. the important point is that i think the san francisco police department is working smarter this year than we were last year . mainly the comstat. they are asked about what are they doing to address the problem. they are held accountable. then a month later, the chief asks them, well, last month you said you were doing a, b, and vc, and tell me how it is going. >> since it is such aa glaring anomaly with the rest of the crime statistics, i'm sure we will check back. i appreciate all your hard work. >> one of the big issues i run
into and the department runs into, it has to be a balance. the balance between violent crime and property crime. in some instances we put so many resources into the crime suppression of violent crime we sometimes don't have as many officers in crime suppression. that is a balancing act we have to look at. we have budget demands. i have to figure out how i can handle that balance on a daily basis. you have to have some luck to catch someone stealing a car at a specific location at a specific time. we don't have as mr. officers
out there today doing this. that also plays a role into it, too. commissioner chan: my question is very quick. i think you might have answered it. the different strategies used by captain is impressive. i'm wondering, where did they speak to each other and share these strategies? >> i think it happens in a couple different levels. comstat cap taineds are talking and other captains are present and they say, wow, that's a great idea. i'll try that. i think it happens a lot informally in terms of relationships and talking over the fun and coming to meetings. they are talking about different things they are doing. a captain will see one great idea.
i think we start to see one catches on, then two and three, and 10 are doing that. it happened with the newsletter. one captain started the news letter and it went from there. i think everyone is aware of what everyone else is doing. so they are trying to come uniquely with their own way to address crime problems. >> i appreciate the effort to reach those that don't speak glitch as a primary language. i also wanted to ask for the flier. is that available to folks in the public? >> the lieutenant a couple weeks ago went to colorado and was talking to a police officer there and he realized in colorado they were doing this. then he came home and said we need to do something similar to
this, create it it hasn't been created yet. but if it is created and we like it we will market it, put it on the web side, and the captain could go to community meetings and talk about t i'm announcing it, but it is still in the infancy stages as far as that idea. >> great. thank you. >> commissioner kingsley. commissioner kingsley: thank you for jury terrific report, demander. -- commander. 92% of vehicles stolen were recovered? yes. commissioner kingsley: what would the stix be around arrests associated with the -- statistics be around arrests associated with the recovery? >> most of the cars that are stolen, 108.51 would be joy
riding as opposed tom grand-theft auto. microsoft most of your high-end cars, they will steal them and ship them overseas and sell them. the 92% recovery rate accounts for cars stolen but left on the corner and someone calls and tells us us. the recovery rate is high because a majority of those cars are driven from point a to point b. the arrest rate is not nearly that percentage. right, david? >> that's right. as a mat per of fact -- this year, ought he theft we've had year-to-date 1,031 auto thefts. and we have had 84 arrests year to date. that gives you kind of an idea. many cars are be abandoned, basically. >> your report was not only
educational as far as commissioners, and i thank you for that, but there are a number of people, viewers that are unseen participants tonight, and i think it was a terrific educational feed for them, and it will promote the prevention component of your work. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> any further comment? commander lazar, thank you for helping them. >> thank you very much. >> line item b, please. >> the occ director's report. should >> president mazzucco, chief godown, members of the audience, there are no recent activities to report from the o.c.c. this evening. we are engaged in many activities but no report this evening. i will provide the commission with the march statistics the week after next. that will be april 20th, i believe. >> great. thank you, director hicks.
>> you're welcome. >> that was a great report. >> i'm glad you appreciate it. >> i sure do, tonight. >> had line item c, the commission reports and the commission president's report. >> we spoke about human rights and about scheduling a meeting we had set considering there is not availability of a community center. we will do a joint meeting with the commission regarding the commission with the issues raised tonight and to alleviate any concerns about san francisco police officers in terms of their work with the joint terrorism task force. we had that meeting. commissioners with further reports? commissioner kingsley?
commissioner kingsley: just reporting in on our work toward possibly revamping the discipline case procedure. this week melt with -- met with the department, chief godown, commander mahoney as well as lieutenant reilly. i think it was a fruitful discussion, and this week it is going to be with the p.o.a. tomorrow. and again at this particular juncture, it is a matter of finding out, you know, what's working and what could be working better with the possible , you know, overarching, revamping of the procedure. at the meeting with the department, the chief offered to arrange a visit for us to the
lapd to meet with folks there regarding their process. and just as a point of clarification, it is not with the eye toward replicating what they are doing there, but rather with the intent to visit to find out, you know, what they are doing as a whole scomprks what elements of that might be -- might fit with san francisco, san francisco practices, cultures, objectives, and so on. and i imagine that commissioner hammer is going inform participate in that trip. chief, i don't know how many. i know we are limited by nature to three. but i appreciate your arranging for that trip. if a third person is ape able to attend, if there are any other commissioners interested, i know at one point commissioner slaughter expressed an interest.
his chair is empty at the moment, but that's, you know, a possibility, too. so that's -- just wanted to bring you up to date on that. president mazzucco: thank you. commissioner commissioner dejesus:. -- commissioner dejesus. commissioner dejesus: i'm not clear on what you are talking b i must have missed a meeting whether that was appointed. i'm not sure what you're looking into. kipskins let's clarify that point. -- commissioner kingsley: let's clarify that point. back in january when we were all grappling with certain aspects of the discipline process, chief gascon indicated that there were aspects of our process that were come bersome as a whole for the department and for the parties
involved as well. a few of us looked into revamping the discipline case as a whole. that's what this exploration is about. to check with o.c.c. department, p.o.a., and the city attorney, with the guidance of the city attorney around the entire discipline case process as opposed to what commissioner slaughter has been working on, which is specifically the procedures in the hearing for -- you know, by the commission. specifically. so there is some overlap here, but the revamping is larger than just the procedures themselves.
commissioner dejesus: so i guess i wasn't here. i had my trial in january. are we talking about take the charter out of the commission's hands hands and turn it into commission officers? are we talking about that kind of thing? commissioner kingsley: i don't think -- at least the discussions i've had so far it is not leaning in the direction toward removing the role that the commission plays in the discipline process, but i do think that, you know, part of the exploration is to find out if it makes sense to have more authority and more power to the chief or within the department. i do think it is part of the exploration. i do think that anybody anticipates necessarily a change in the role of the o.c.c., for example. i think that that is well established and, you know, well defined and director hicks and
i, we spoke about, you know, from the o.c.c.'s perspective about what can be tweaked to work better in the process from the o.c.c. perspective and we're moving onto the department and this week with the p.o.a. so at this point it is an explore tri process to see what we can do to make the entire system work better so that we're never in the situation of being -- of looking at cases that are years and years old. and seeing if the discipline process can work better in terms of an employer-employee situation as well. commissioner dejesus: i think i would like to sit on this committee. i thought we were doing procedures that were limiting hours. so there is no time frame.
i would like to sit on this. i'm not sure what exactly you are doing, because i thought the rules and procedures were going to put that forward. i thought the backlog was pretty much caught up with. as long as we get our procedures and follow procedures, that we're not going to have this kind of backlog. but thra there is something we cannot -- but there is something we cannot prevent, and that is when cases are taken to the appellate court. that's when the years and years goes into place because we have no control over the court system. president mazzucco: i want to make clear, there is no longer a backlog. our numbers are down significantly. there are ways to improve the system. i think it is a large improvement. i want to make sure it is clear our numbers are down substantially thanks to the hard work of the commission and thanks to the hard work of the chief gas gone and chief --
chief gascon and chief godown. the numbers the strongest -- the weakest -- the numbers better than they have been sips i've been on the commission. i want to make that clear. that misperception is when new commissioners come, we'll fick the backlog. well, the baglog is down. commissioner kingsley: commissioner mazzucco, thank you for mentioning that. that has not been unrecognized in all the discussions. president mazzucco: i understand that. commissioner slaughter: i didn't have anything to do with the procedural rules and getting our discipline rules for procedural